Sky is the limit for this Emirati student

Hamed Al Sayes, who is currently studying hotel management at Les Roches International School of Hotel Management has his eyes set on opening own business.

By Marie Nammour/senior Reporter

Published: Tue 23 Jun 2015, 11:55 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:51 PM

Hailing from a family that has long been in the hotel business, Hamed Al Sayes, who is currently studying hotel management at Les Roches International School of Hotel Management – Bluche, Switzerland, and is set to graduate in 2017, has his own entrepreneurial ambitions.

The 20-year-old Emirati has already his eyes set on opening his own business after gradually climbing his way up in the hospitality management industry. Al Sayes prefers not to talk much about the business of his father as he fears he could be mistaken for showing-off.

“My father has encouraged me to study this profession as a way of sorting out the recruiting process in our family business.” Hamed could have taken it the easy way (thanks to his father and his connections) but because of his passion for hotels and everything related to hospitality industry, he chose not to.He likes it and wants to be involved in everything that comes with it whether it is cooking, room division management, housekeeping or food and beverage section.

“I have to start at a lower position to gain experience and would not mind working at an airlines as an in-flight chef for business class. I like to cook. I already did two internships at two hotels, each for 3 months.”

He also has an inclination for management of events and projects related to sports.

He reckons that rarely Emiratis pursue this domain as they are not that much into the field of servicing and stewarding. “Part of the hospitality management is the food and beverage service. So it is a big no for them.”Hamed chose Les Roches because it is international. “I like mixing with students from all around the world and making new friends.”

He likes the institution as the school gives 50 per cent to studying and 50 per cent to practising. He has already done a 6-month internship at two hotels. Hamed knew about Les Roches -Bluche when he went on a summer camp in nearby Montana.  “The cousin of the camp’s owner graduated from that school.” What makes him even more confident of his own career path is the fact that Dubai will be hosting the Expo 2020.

“As far as I know, tens of hotels will be built around the UAE, mainly in Dubai and the capital, in the run-up to the big event. I would love to get involved”. With a smile of content, Hamed concludes: “My father encouraged me to study hospitality management. He told me that I could become a professional partner”.

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